Saturday, June 1, 2013

News 6.1.2013

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News Saturday, June 1st, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* A state of emergency has been declared in parts of the Czech Republic
as heavy rain continues to swell rivers.

* The police have charged eight people with corruption over the
reconstruction of a state-run stud farm.

* In football, Viktoria Plzen have been crowned league champions.



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State of emergency declared over flood risk
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The authorities have declared a state of emergency in four places in
western and northern Czech Republic as heavy rain continues to swell
rivers. The highest degree of flood alert has been declared in Srbska
Kamenice, Stankov, Nova Hut and Benesov nad Ploucnici where a
retirement home has been evacuated. Meteorologists warn that waters
levels will continue to rise through Saturday night and Sunday as more
rain is expected, mainly in the western and northern parts of the
country


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Prague takes further flood measures
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Prague City Hall has taken additional anti-flood measures on Saturday
as the Vltava River in the capital reached the first flood alert
degree. The authorities ordered that flood barriers be erected to
protect Prague's Old Town as well as the district of Zbraslav in the
south. On Friday, sections of the embankment were closed in the centre
of the capital. All boat traffic on the river in Prague will halt by
Saturday night.


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Eight charged with corruption over stud farm reconstruction
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The police have charged eight people with corruption over the
reconstruction of the National Stud Farm in Kladruby, a subsidiary of
the Czech Agriculture Ministry. On Friday the police raided the farm as
well as other places in eastern Bohemia and the capital. Prague's high
attorney, Lenka Bradacova, said the people were charged with corruption
in public procurement and harming the financial interests of the EU.


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Funeral held for Brno's murdered family
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A funeral was held in the southern Czech city of Brno on Saturday for
four members of a family killed last week, allegedly by an American
national who is in US custody. Dozens of relatives and friends attended
the funeral in a church in Brno's district of Reckovice, the CTK news
agency reported. A US man identified as Kevin Dahlgren, a relative of
the family, is suspected of the murders; the Czech police believe he
killed his victims with a knife before fleeing to Vienna and boarding a
US-bound flight. He was arrested upon arrival in Washington, DC, last
Thursday. The Czech authorities are yet to file an extradition request.


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Lawmakers stripped of life-long immunity from prosecution
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A constitutional amendment which takes effect on Saturday strips Czech
lawmakers of life-long immunity from prosecution. The legislation was
passed earlier this year, after numerous failed attempts in the past.
The authorities are now only allowed to prosecute MPs and senators
provided an approval of the respective chamber of Parliament. However,
if the lower house or Senate vote against the prosecution of their
members, they can be prosecuted after their mandate expires.


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Sony Music to close Czech branch
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Sony Music will close its Czech subsidiary, Sony Music Entertainment
Czech Republic, in the coming weeks, after 23 years on the market, the
news website borovan.cz reported. No official reason has been released
but it has been speculated the Czech market was too small for the firm
to maintain a branch. The move comes at a time when Sony Music closes
down its Budapest branch as well which managed the offices in Prague.
Sony Music had some 20 percent share of the Czech market, and
represented some best selling artists such as Daft Punk, Depeche Mode
and the popular Czech singer songwriter Tomas Klus.


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Rare American insect registered in Czech Republic
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A species of north American insect, known as azalea sawfly, has been
registered in the Czech Republic, possibly the first country in Europe,
the State Phytosanitary Administration said. The authorities warned
growers of azaleas of the insect which can cause serious damages to the
plants' leaves, and asked them to report any occurrences of the sawfly.


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Tennis: Kvitova knocked out of French Open
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova lost to Jamie Hampton from the US
1-6, 6-7 in the third round of the French Open on Saturday, and has
been knocked out of the tournament. The US player stunned the seventh
seeded Czech who made a number of errors and didn't really get into the
game. Kvitova was the last Czech player left in this year's singles at
the French Open.


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Football: Plzen crowned league champions
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Viktoria Plzen beat Hradec Kralove 3:0 in the final round of the Czech
Gambrinus liga to claim the league title. The game was decided by
Plzen's early goals which in the 1st and 10th minute, and another one
three minutes into the second half. Sparta Prague beat Dukla 3:0 to
finish in second place, two points behind the champions. Last season's
winners Liberec came in third. Plzen, which won the league for the
second time in two three, have secured a spot in the Champions League's
second qualifying round next season.


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Weather
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The weekend will be overcast with heavy rain and daytime highs ranging
between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius.



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Edgar de Bruin: conquering the world with Czech literature
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With the economic crisis and countries becoming increasingly
introverted, you might expect this to be the worst of all possible
times for getting Czech books published abroad. But that is far from
being the case. In this week's Czech Books, David Vaughan talks to
Edgar de Bruin, who runs a literary agency from Amsterdam and promotes
Czech writing all over the world.

http://radio.cz/en/section/books/edgar-de-bruin-conquering-the-world-with-czech-literature


Hej, hej, this is Frey
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I've found myself paying increased attention to significant Czech
anniversaries recently and was intrigued by one the other week: May
21st was the 132nd anniversary of the installation of the first
telephone in Prague.

http://radio.cz/en/section/letter/hej-hej-this-is-frey


Magazine 1.6.2013
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In Magazine: speed dating in Prague's metro, a Czech teen ostensibly
drinking a pint of beer through her ear has become a hit on YouTube, an
Ostrava ensemble gives an opera performance in a paternoster and Prague
Zoo is offering to cure your animal phobia!

http://radio.cz/en/section/magazine/magazine-2013-06-01






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